Saigon Grilled Bread Sticks / Banh Mi Nuong Saigon

This has got to be one of the best tasting bread sticks I've ever eaten. It started in the heart of Saigon, Vietnam and it is the IT snack for the time being. Think of it as a mix of garlic bread stick meets Vietnamese street food sweet-savory toppings. So here you'll have an explosion of flavors and colors with the spicy sate-chili, the sweet savory lap xuong/Chinese sweet sausage, the shredded pork, sauteed scallions and mayo. Let's just stop reading about it and just make some NOW!


RECIPE for 4 servings

3 Vietnamese 10-inch baguettes, flatten with rolling pin or heavy pot
1 handful of dried, shredded pork (Taiwanese brand)
1 handful of seasoned, dried baby shrimps (Vietnamese brand)
1 bunch of scallions, diced
2 links of sweet Chinese sausage, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup of mayo
1 heaping tbs of sate-chili sauce
Siracha to serve
6-8 leaves of roman lettuce, optional

Mix mayo and sate sauce together and set aside. Brush mayo sate paste to cover all surfaces of baguettes. Put in toaster/oven for 7 minutes on 315 degrees. Remove from oven. Then use food shears to cut the bread into 1/2 inch pieces.

Saute the sweet sausage until some fat is rendered out, about 3-5 mins. Add in onions and cook for about 2-3 mins. Turn off heat and set aside.

Top the breads with the shredded pork, shrimps, sweet sausage/onion toppings.

Top lastly with siracha to taste. Enjoy bread sticks by itself or by wrapping with lettuce.